Last week, Grant Loomis and I joined twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) for our annual fly-in and lobby days in Washington, D.C. During our trip, the group attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff. In each meeting, we outlined our main priorities, which range from investing in our nation’s infrastructure to supporting our bi-national economy with Canada. A full list of the priorities we discussed in each meeting can be found here.
I had the opportunity to meet with Congressmen Collins and Higgins’ offices to discuss the coalition’s highest legislative priorities, which includes strong support for infrastructure investment and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). We hope to work with the Trump Administration and the Great Lakes congressional delegation to advance a large-scale infrastructure package in 2017. We also hope to maintain 2016 spending levels for the GLRI, which is facing a possible 97 percent cut under President Trump’s proposed budget. Click here to see how the GLRI impacts New York State.
On our second day in DC, we were joined by Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2). He discussed his role as chairman of the U.S.-Canada Interparliamentary Group, as well as the general atmosphere in Congress since the election. His comments echoed the message from many congressional offices that infrastructure, immigration reform, and trade are priorities, but when and how they will be addressed remains uncertain.
We at the Partnership will continue our federal advocacy work to ensure our region continues to be competitive at a national and international level. You can contact our Government Affairs team here to get involved.